Chili + Salsa Information


  • Any business, restaurant/caterer, service group, non-profit or individual may enter the Great Chili Cook-Off, Salsa & Beer Tasting.
  • Each entry covers a team of 4 people. Additional helpers need to pay admission fee.
  • Teams may prepare any and all dishes in the 4 categories: Meat Chili, Vegetarian Chili, Traditional Salsa, Fruit Salsa.
  • Creative team names, costumes and booth decorating are encouraged. Have fun with it!


  • All Chili participants compete for People’s Choice Awards in Favorite Meat Chili, Vegetarian Chili, Traditional Salsa, Fruit Salsa, and Beer. Tasters have 4-5 vote tickets (beer tasters get an extra) and put a ticket in the labeled bucket for their favorite offering in each category. Voting closes at 4pm.
  • Competitors also have the option to vie for Golden Spoon Awards, judged by a panel of culinary professionals in a blind-taste test the week before the Chili Cook-Off. Please confirm your interest in Golden Spoon professional judging upon registration.
  • All awards will be announced on May 19.

Cooking Details

  • We suggest teams pre-make 10-12 gallons of chili or 3 gallons of salsa to bring to the site, or prepare on site.
  • Chili must be kept hot (165 degrees) on an outside grill or cooker and served from one SMALL, modern electric stove, crock pot or chafing dish at your booth.
  • Maximum electrical output is 5 amps. Please confirm as large/multiple crock pots will blow fuses.
  • No gas burners or fumes inside the building, however you may set these up outside and have your teammates bring batches inside for the crock pot.
  • We offer a discount for chili cooks only using Sterno requiring no electricity. No Sterno discount for salsa.
  • The outside circle wall of Herzog Hall is reserved for teams who want to hang a banner behind them.
    Ask for inner circle if you don’t need a wall. All Salsa and all Sterno users will be on the inside circles.
  • Challengers must bring all their own supplies. We suggest: 2oz. plastic taster cups available from restaurant suppliers, spoons, chips, napkins, table cloth, etc.
  • We provide one 3’x8′ table and 4 chairs. You may bring your own table of equivalent size.
  • Only ONE table or space per team. Space is at a premium.

Entry Fees

  • Business/Restaurant/Caterer fee: $75
    Service Organization/Non-Profits/Individual Team fee: $65
    Fire/Police/First Responders: NO FEE
  • There is a $10 discount for waiving access to electricity for your Chili by using Sterno with chafing dishes.
  • Entry fees are non-refundable and apply solely to the current year.

Payment Options

  • COMPLETE REGISTRATION FIRST.  Register first, then pay your fee to secure your spot. Complete both steps to fully register.
  • Click HERE to secure your spot with Visa or MC credit card.
    Enter the discount code STERNO to receive $10 off for waiving access to electricity for your Chili.
    Make sure the payment name matches your team registration so we can properly credit your team.
  • Mail a check with “TeamName/Chili Cook-Off” in the memo line to:
    Cinnabar Theater, 3333 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma, CA, 94952.
    Check signer should match payment name on registration so we can properly credit your team.
  • Pay online now or Call Cinnabar Theater with your credit card Tues-Fri between 10:30 am and 2:30 pm. (707) 763-8920

Limited Space

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